2014 49¢ Jimi Hendrix
Part of the Music Icons series, this Jimi Hendrix stamp was issued to honor one of the greatest guitarists of all time according to Rolling Stone magazine. Hendrix used guitar and speaker effects to pioneer a new sound and inspire generations. Yet he could not read or write music.
As a young boy in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix (1942-70) was drawn to the guitar, practicing on brooms before he got a real instrument. After a brief time as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, Hendrix became a backup guitarist. He worked with top acts such as Ike and Tina Turner, the Isley Brothers, and Little Richard.
Hendrix moved to London in 1966 to form the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In less than a year, their debut album, Are You Experienced, topped the British charts with such classics as “Hey Joe,” “Purple Haze,” and “Foxy Lady.” Hendrix then returned to America to play the Monterey International Pop Festival, becoming an overnight sensation after lighting his guitar on fire during “Wild Thing.” His stage performances became the stuff of legend – his 1969 Woodstock performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is considered one of the defining moments of the 1960s.
Hendrix’ meteoric career was cut short after just four years when he died suddenly in 1970. However, a trove of previously unreleased recordings and countless tributes keep Hendrix near the top of the charts and the inspiration of acts in all types of music.
Artist Rudy Gutierrez used acrylic paints and colored pencils to create the design for the stamps. The vibrant colors resemble artwork from the 1960s. The stamps were arranged diagonally on the panes in blocks of four to give a kaleidoscope effect.
49¢ Jimi Hendrix, issued to satisfy the first-class mail rate
Issue Date: March 13, 2014
City: Austin, TX, at the South by Southwest music festival
Printed By: Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Photogravure in sheets of 144, with nine panes of 16 per sheet
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 10 ½
The Jimi Hendrix stamp was the fourth in the Music Icons series. The series, which began in 2013, recognizes American musicians and their impact on the culture of the nation and the world.